Other forms: teas

The drink that's made by soaking dried leaves in very hot water is called tea. On a hot summer day, many people like to drink iced tea.

Use the word tea for the drink you sip in a cup and also for the dried leaves used to make it. Aside from water, tea is the most common beverage in the world, and it's been around since at least the 28th century BCE, when historians believe it was invented in China. In Britain, tea is also a meal, typically eaten in the middle of the afternoon. Before the 18th century, the word tea was pronounced "tay."

Definitions of tea
  1. noun
    the name of tea in various languages
    “iced tea is a cooling drink”
    synonyms: chai
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    cambric tea
    a beverage for children containing hot water and milk and sugar and a small amount of tea
    cuppa, cupper
    a cup of tea
    herb tea, herbal, herbal tea
    tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs
    ice tea, iced tea
    strong tea served over ice
    sun tea
    tea made by exposing tea leaves steeped in water to the direct rays of the sun; usually served with ice
    infusion of e.g. dried or fresh flowers or leaves
    type of:
    beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
    any liquid suitable for drinking
  2. noun
    dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea
    “the store shelves held many different kinds of tea
    “they threw the tea into Boston harbor”
    synonyms: tea leaf
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    tea bag
    a measured amount of tea in a bag for an individual serving of tea
    black tea
    fermented tea leaves
    green tea
    tea leaves that have been steamed and dried without fermenting
    Chinese tea leaves that have been partially fermented before being dried
    English breakfast tea, congo, congou, congou tea
    black tea grown in China
    a fine variety of black tea grown in northern India
    orange pekoe, pekoe
    a superior grade of black tea; grown in India and Sri Lanka and Java
    soochong, souchong
    a fine quality of black tea native to China
    a Chinese green tea with twisted leaves
    type of:
    aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
  3. noun
    a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
    synonyms: afternoon tea, teatime
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    type of:
    meal, repast
    the food served and eaten at one time
  4. noun
    a reception or party at which tea is served
    “we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers”
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    a formal party of people; as after a wedding
  5. noun
    a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
    tea has fragrant white flowers”
    synonyms: Camellia sinensis
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    bush, shrub
    a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems




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